Archive for May, 2009

NewWelcome to Summer 2009! As we begin another semester, here are a few reminders:

Activate Your Course

Before students can access your course in Springboard!, you must activate/open it.

  1. Log in to the course you want to activate.

  2. Click Edit Course (far right of the Course NavBar).

  3. Click Course Offering Information.

  4. Click Course is Active.

  5. Save.

Copy Components from one course to another

The Copy Course Components function allows you to reuse materials from an existing course. However, user data is NOT copied. Follow these steps to select and copy existing course components from one course to another. For best results, work through these steps in order.

Step 1: Access Copy Components

1. Log in to the course you want to add components.

2. Click Edit Course (far right of the Course NavBar).

3. Click Import/Export/Copy Components.

4. Select Copy Course Components from Another Org Unit.

5. Click Next.

Step 2: Choose Components to Copy

1. Choose Existing Offering to copy components from another course offering you’re enrolled in. You can select an offering from the list or click Search for offering to find the course offering using a pop-up window.

2. After selecting the existing course offering, the bottom section of the page expands to list the components available. You can either Copy all items from a given component/tool, or you can Select individual items to copy.

3. After selecting the components to copy, scroll down and click Next.

4. The next screen verifies your selections. Click Next.

5. The screen will show the copy progress. When it is complete, click Done.

Warning IconThe May 13th scheduled upgrade has been postponed. The Instructional Services staff has detected some anomalies in the recently upgraded Springboard! test environment and will perform due diligence to determine causes and solutions before considering an upgrade to the production environment. 

Springboard! will be available to faculty and students as usual on May 13th.

Danger ImageThe annual upgrade to the newest version of the Springboard! Learning Environment, Learning Object Repository and e-Portfolio will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. 

This date was selected because final grades will have been posted May 12 and the Summer I semester begins May 18.

Instructional Services anticipates the system will be offline from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 13. We certainly apologize in advance if anyone is inconvenienced.

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail John Savery at

NewAs part of a software upgrade, Springboard! will be gaining some new features and enhancements. In addition to enhancements to the look and feel of Springboard!, the upgrade will include:

  • Enhancements to accessibility and usability of Springboard!
  • Enhanced support for materials from publishers using the IMS Common Cartridge standard.
  • Enhanced Dropbox Submission settings.
  • Improved search function within the Learning Object Repository (LOR).
  • Enhanced metadata support within the LOR.
  • Creative Commons support within the LOR.
  • Import and export of ePortfolio items.
  • Support for third-party tools within the ePortfolio.

This upgrade will take place on Wednesday, May 13. Springboard! will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the upgrade process.